Put the Squeeze on Juice for Health & Weight Loss (Don’t Drink Your Calories)! by Dr. Bridget Boyd

Weight Loss Nutrition
3 years ago
Put the Squeeze on Juice for Health & Weight Loss (Don’t Drink Your Calories)!

Juice is full of empty calories and sugar. Cutting out juice can help aid weight loss and encourage a healthy lifestyle. It’s also better for your teeth to drink water. Instead of juice, eat a serving of fruits or vegetables – they contain vitamins as well as fiber. 

What about kids? Kids should drink no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice per day, but I recommend saving it for a special occasion. Watering down juice can be dangerous, as it offers continuous sugar to children's teeth that can lead to decay. 

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Donna John
Such a great tip. I rarely drink any juice. It's mostly water and iced tea for me. You don't realize how many calories and sugars are in even fresh squeezed.
Diane Welland
As a registered dietitian working with the Juice Products Association, I would like to correct some misinformation around fruit juice. First, it is important to note that 100% juice contains no added sugar – just the natural sugar found in the whole fruit it’s squeezed from. Additionally, 100% juice and whole fruit are nutritionally similar, offering the same important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. This is why the US Dietary Guidelines recognize 100% juice as nutritionally equivalent to whole fruit. Finally, studies linking fruit juice to tooth decay are inconclusive. In fact, researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry found no association between intake of 100 percent fruit juice and early childhood caries in US preschool children. A variety of factors can contribute to dental health, and proper hygiene is essential to maintaining healthy teeth. For more information, please visit sipsmarter.org.

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